has won the Western States 100 mile run an incredible 7 years in a row. This year he topped it off by winning and setting the new course record at the Badwater to Whitney ultra (135 miles from lowest point in the US, Badwater at 280 some feet below see level to Whitney portals crossing Death Valley in July; like many runners, Jurek "unofficially" summited Whitney after winning the race).
He is interviewed at Runners World online. I have never met him, but always had the impression he was a private person who struggled a bit with all the attention and publicity that came his way. He comes across very well in the interview as a modest, but very focused athlete.
I was interested to see he'd like to run Comrades but knows he isn't fast enough to be competitve there:
I'd certainly like to experience Comrades some day, but to win it, you have to be basically a 2:14 marathoner. So I don't see it as a distance where I can be competitive